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Resource List - Find Your Dream Job in Solar

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Article on "Find Your Dream Job in Solar" (823KB PDF), published in "Solar Today", Sept/Oct 2005 issue.
Slides from "Find Your Solar Dream Job" (980KB PDF) presentation at Solar Power International 2008.

Photovoltaics: Design & Installation Manual – Solar Energy International
Photovoltaic Systems - NJATC
Solar Living Sourcebook – Schaeffer et al
New Solar Electric Home – Davidson
Solar Electric Independent Home–Fowler
Practical Photovoltaics – Komp
From Space to Earth – Perlin
The Solar Electric House – Strong
Got Sun? Go Solar – Moran
Solar Revolution – Bradford
Careers in Renewable Energy - Gregory McNamee
Photovoltaic Design & Installation for Dummies - Ryan Mayfield
Solar Power Your Home for Dummies - Rik DeGunther
Your Solar Home Guidebook – Rahus Institute:
NorCal Solar Energy Resource Guide:


Periodicals, Magazines, Journals, Online Sources:
Photon –
NREL PV news - 
Solar Today –
SolarPro Magazine -
Home Power -
Solar Buzz solar news -
Renewable World –
Sandia - publications
PV News –
ENF PV Industry Info

Courses & Training Programs:
*Solar Energy International (SEI) –, (970) 963-8855, Multi-week, hands on
*Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC),, (321) 638-1000
*Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA),, (715) 592 6595
*Solar Living Institute -, (707) 744 2017, Partial- & Full-week, hands on
*State University of New York at Farmingdale,, (631) 420 2000
*North Carolina Solar Center -, (919) 515.5666
*State University of New York at Delhi,
*SunPirate, Inc.,
*Lane Community College, Eugene, OR,,
*Great Lakes Renewable Energy Assoc.,,
*altE university,,
*Saint Paul College,,
List of training programs (IREC):
DOE list of courses, jobs, etc.:
Ecotrain Green Career Guide, an annual publication, $45,
Sol “Solar-on-Line” -
Pacific Energy Center –
San Juan College, Farmington, NM (800) 241 6327
Appalachian State University Dept of Technology, Boone, NC, (828) 262-3110
Sonoma State University –
Diablo Valley College, San Ramon, CA,, (925) 685-1230x522, Alt. Energy
Mercy Hot Springs, Firebaugh, CA,, (209) 826 3388
De Anza College Energy Management Technology,, Cupertino, CA
Sierra College,, Rocklin, CA
OnGrid Solar presentations on Financial Analysis & Payback:
Solar Decathlon (University teams)

*Indicates this school is accredited by the Institute for Sustainable Power,, (303) 683 4748

American Solar Energy Society (ASES) -
NorCal Solar Association (NCSEA) -, (530) 852 0354
California Solar Energy Industries Association (CalSEIA) -
Solar Living Institute,, (707) 744 2017
NABCEP-North American Board Certified Energy Practitioners (730) 344 0341
Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) -
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) -
Prometheus Institute for Sustainable Development -
California Solar Center, Solar Forum & PV Alliance -
International Solar Energy Society (ISES) -

Conferences & Events:
"PV America", April 3-5, 2011, Philadelphia, PA,
ASES “Solar 2011”, May 17-21, 2011, Raleigh, NC,
“Intersolar 2011”, July 2011, San Francisco, CA,,
“Solar Energy Week”, San Diego, CA, late September,
ASES National Solar Home Tour, nationwide, early October,,
“Solar Power 2011”, Oct 18-20, 2011, Dallas, TX,
Solar Forums, California Solar Center & PV Alliance -
Current Event Listings:
NREL/NCPV list of Solar/PV meetings:
Fairs & Events around the US:

Job Boards & Ideas:
DOE list of jobs, courses, etc.:
Contact the membership & installer lists of CalSEIA, SEIA, NABCEP, SEPA, NorCal Solar, ASES & CSI installer list: (Department of Energy - type in the keyword solar, and hit return)


Find Your Dream Job in Solar (823KB PDF), published in "Solar Today", Sept/Oct 2005
How to Land a Job in the Solar Industry: Upstream vs. Downstream,, Dec 2007
Articles on Financial Payback for Solar and PaybackOnSolarSERG (pdf)

Solar Business and Career Courses and Consulting:
Verve Solar Consulting: provides content for solar workforce business courses, seminar instruction, and direct consulting for career seekers and business owners. Verve’s products and services provide a broad understanding of solar photovoltaic technology, economics, policy drivers, regulatory environment, and the latest industry trends. 

Volunteer Experience:
Grid Alternatives - & Habitat for Humanity Solar Projects

Solar PathFinder,, (317) 501 2529
Solmetric SunEye,, (877) 263 5026
OnGrid Tool (for Solar Financial Analysis), (408) 428 0808x1,


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